Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 11/6

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Mike Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs toward Donte Whitner #20 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Jacksonville won 36-26. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Huge change for Shawne Merriman going from San Diego to Buffalo - Jeff Pearlman - SI.com
Former Bills QB acquisition Bruce Mathison talks to Jeff Pearlman about playing up north. "The cold of Buffalo," says Mathison, "can kill a man."

The Bills the worst team in pro sports? - thestar.com
"When the 0-7 Bills play the Chicago Bears in Toronto on Sunday, some fans and former players will actually pray their first win doesn’t happen here. A look at what’s become of Buffalo’s once-proud NFL team."

Rogers Communications VP Clarifies Comments About Bills In Toronto Series - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Rogers Communications Executive Phil Lind spoke to the AP's John Wawrow about the Bills in Toronto series and said that his company is in it for the long haul in Toronto despite poor ticket sales. However, Lind clarifed a portion of Wawrow's article that said the possibility had also been raised of splitting as many as half their games between Buffalo and Toronto."

Buffalo Bills like Donte Whitner's style | Democrat and Chronicle
"We're asking him to do quite a bit, so he gets out there in the open where it's seen a lot more than maybe some other people. To me, he's a really good football player — a really good football player." - Chan Gailey

Kelly's Call: Merriman a potential piece - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills Hall of Fame QB talks Merriman and Fitzpatrick. He also mentions that Chan Gailey called a run but Fitzy checked out of it before throwing his last-minute INT last weekend.

Hester, Parrish give respect in return - BuffaloBills.com
The two Miami alums still keep in touch via text messages during the week.

"What's the Word" with George Wilson (3:02) - BuffaloBills.com
Ed Wang gets his hair cut for a good cause.

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 11-5
CHris Brown's weekly Q&A mentions that the players have bought into what Chan Gailey is selling, what rights the Bills get after claiming Shawne Merriman, and the QBs available in the draft.

Inside The Bills | Howard, Wrotto to platoon "
Chris Brown hypothesizes that with Cordaro Howard's awful game last Sunday that the Bears will target the UDFA and that is likely the reason the veteran Wrotto will get platooned.

Inside The Bills | LB Davis doubtful
"If Davis cannot go Sunday, it’s expected that Reggie Torbor would fill his role in the team’s base defense next to Paul Posluszny, though Akin Ayodele will be a consideration as well."

Inside The Bills | Urlacher "worried" about Bills "
"They’re playing better," Urlacher said. "They’ve got talent. I’m worried about the offense. They move the ball well. They have good running backs. The offensive line plays well together. And the quarterback’s throwing it good. It’s a big challenge for us on the road. We’ll see how good we are."

Bills see chance to get sacks - Sports - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan examines the Bills pass rush and how it might get a chance to blossom this week.

Rogers Communications VP Clarifies Comments About Bills In Toronto Series - WGR 550 SportsRadio - Home of the Buffalo Sabres
"Rogers Communications Executive Phil Lind spoke to the AP's John Wawrow about the Bills in Toronto series and said that his company is in it for the long haul in Toronto despite poor ticket sales. However, Lind clarifed a portion of Wawrow's article that said the possibility had also been raised of splitting as many as half their games between Buffalo and Toronto."

Bills' D getting shredded by tight ends - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"When you add the handful of additional stats from backup tight ends, the Bills have surrendered 36 receptions for 491 yards and seven touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Averaged out for the season, the stat line looks like that of an All-Pro: 82 receptions, 1,122 yards and 16 touchdowns."

Video: Bears versus Bills predictions - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Countdown Daily analysts Herm Edwards and Mark Schlereth pick the Buffalo Bills to break into the win column Sunday against the Chicago Bears in Toronto. Neither Edwards nor Schlereth likes the way the Bears are playing, and each is impressed with the Bills' recent moxy."

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"With a bye, regular roadies and the Toronto subsidy, the Bills will go 35 days between games at Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Rogers denies wanting more Bills games | WIVB.com
"We know there is a greater economic impact to the city of Buffalo. That there's an economic connection to the Bills and the city. It's a traditional team in the NFL and we'd like to see it stay in Buffalo," said George Atallah, Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFL Players Association.

The 10 Worst Long-Tenured Head Coaches Of The Past 20 Years - DeadSpin
NSFW: How is Dick Jauron 10th when Lovie Smith has taken a team led by Rex Grossman to the Super Bowl?

Graham earns 'special' praise - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Corey Graham would prefer to be recognized for his play on defense, but the Buffalo native is getting a lot of praise for his work on the Chicago Bears' special teams."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Columnists - Rutsey: Panel 'experts' slam Buffalo
Mike Rutsey relays a story from the Fox conference call about the city of Buffalo and Shawne Merriman with the hosts of Fox NFL Sunday.

Name same, but not game : CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Canadians do like football -- not necessarily the U.S. brand.

Merriman worth the gamble for Bills - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"Gut feeling? Merriman will be average for the Bills and he will play elsewhere next season. Although, there is a good chance Merriman playing adequate football will look better than it really is compared to what they’ve seen from the other linebackers on this roster so far."

Downtown L.A. stadium could be ready by 2015 | ProFootballTalk.com
The Bills, Jaguars, Vikings, Raiders, and Chargers are all tagged by PFT in this story.

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